Humanity Road Partners with CDC for Preparedness Campaign

The CDC Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response invited Humanity Road to participate in National Preparedness Month 2014 throughout the month of September. This is a month long nationwide campaign focused on encouraging people to prepare for emergencies and natural disaster.

Christine Chen, MD, MPH

Christine Chen, MD, MPH

Humanity Road is supporting this campaign by promoting Preparedness Month, distributing Public Health Preparedness and Response messaging, emergency preparedness for pets messaging, and participating in the Twitter Chat on this topic on September 10 at 3pm EST.

Behind the scenes, supporting this campaign, include two new Humanity Road volunteers, Christine Chen and Belinda Smith.


Belinda Smith, MPH

Christine Chen, MD, MPH is a research analyst at Harvard School of Public Health, where she earned her MPH in Global Health. Prior to that, she studied Medicine at National Taiwan University. Her interests include health programming, disaster management and policy development in emergency preparedness and response. Christine joined Humanity Road in August 2014 and has been monitoring disasters, researching and amplifying information via social media. She is currently assisting the organization’s collaborative preparedness campaign with the CDC and tweets under @ChristinexChen

Belinda Smith, MPH is a health communication specialist contractor at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. Her primary roles include communications around seasonal flu vaccination and pandemic preparedness. Her interests include risk communication, emergency preparedness, and communication research.

Belinda and Christine are new volunteers with Humanity Road on the Vulnerable Population team which covers Disabilities, Accessibility and Functional Needs under hashtag #DAFN.  The Vulnerable Population team is led by Ms. Alice McGowen.

Also supporting the campaign is our Animals in Disaster Team.  Our beloved @jAiddog and @Disasteranimals will join the twitter chat on September 10 as well as helping support the CDC’s campaign week Sept 21 – 27th with emergency preparedness information for pets.  the Animals in Disaster Team is led by Ms. Cindy Becker.

Want to know how you can help?
• Join us for a Twitter Chat on Preparedness for Vulnerable Populations on September 10 at 3pm EST. Use #CDCprep and #DAFN to connect to the conversation!
• Interested in volunteering? Start by visiting Humanity Road’s volunteer page.